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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Woodford: "I noticed when I went to hear some jazz in a little pub on the outskirts of London the people were really listening. I'm used to guys in bars only interested in making out with their girl friends. Here the idea seems to be to take a girl, enjoy the music, and make out later." - (Crescendo September 1972).
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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

CD Review: Deborah Shulman - My Heart's in the Wind

Deborah Shulman (vcl); Terry Trotter (pno); Larry Koonse (gtr); Ken Wild (bs); Joe La Barbera (dms).
(Review by Lance).
At first listening I dismissed this as boring perfection. After further listening, and washing my ears with Grandma's Lye Soap, I removed the adjective. This is as close to a perfect interpretation of choice, mainly contemporary, songbook items as you are likely to hear this week/month/year (delete as applicable). Emotive takes that bring out the lyricist's intent perhaps even more than the guy intended!
If you want a yardstick, think Shirley Horn. The same laid back approach that digs deep into the words. Horn was more an out and out jazz performer. Shulman dips her toe only slightly in the muddy water here (although on other discs such as her Bobby Troup tribute she leaves no doubts!) preferring instead to grace the material with her distinct approach - a sort of Broadway after Dark, maybe a late night club in the Village trying something a little different on a quiet night.
No shortage of jazz amongst the boys in the band. Trotter, Koonse, Wild and the legendary Joe La Barbera keep the pot simmering at just the right temperature.
Shining Sea; A Sleeping Bee; My Foolish Heart; Loving You (Sondheim); My One and Only Love; Never Never Land; Some Time Ago; This Hotel; You Are there; Where Do I Go From Here? and Tom Waits'  Shiver Me Timbers tells you what it's all about.
Originally recorded in 2007 it took some finagling to finally get it on the shelves and online but it's out there later this month (Jan. 12) on Summit Records.
Lance.

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